CWO3 JACK MCKINNEY U.S. Navy
, Retired CWO3 Jack E. McKinney was a member of the "greatest generation." He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1935, and served in the U.S. Navy for over 22 years. While in the U.S. Navy he served in World War II
and the Korean War
. Jack was born in Tucumcari, N.M., Nov. 2, 1917. He married his wife, the former Erma Husk, in September 1938, to whom he was married for 68 years. Jack was stationed at Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Indianapolis, when the bombing of Pearl Harbor took place Dec. 7, 1941. The Indianapolis left Pearl Harbor Dec. 6, 1941, one day prior to the bombing, to undertake a mission in the South Pacific. The ship returned one week later to assist in the rescue effort of the Pacific Fleet. Jack served aboard nine ships and received 13 awards and decorations during his Naval career. He retired from the U.S. Navy Dec. 1, 1958. After his retirement from the U.S. Navy, Jack was employed by the State of California as an engineer, specializing in steam boiler and pressurized vessels. He worked for the State of California for 20 years, after which he retired and worked as a private engineering consultant. Jack and Erma relocated to Las Vegas in 1997 and lived here until his death, Dec. 14, 2012, at age 95. Jack was an avid golfer his entire life and played golf until six months prior to his death. While residing in Las Vegas, Jack was active in the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), where he served on the board of directors for more than five years. Jack was a member of the Retired Officers Association (TROA) for 45 years. Additionally, he was a member of the Navy League and the U.S. and National Veterans Foundation. Jack was a loving, caring and generous husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Erma, who passed away June 29, 2006. He is survived by his two sons, William "Bill" McKinney, who resides in Corvallis, Ore. with his wife, Sharon, and James "Jim" McKinney, who resides in Arroyo Grande, Calif. with his wife, Darleen. He is also survived by two grandsons; one granddaughter; four great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. Jack will be moved to the National Memorial Cemetery at Riverside, Calif. for a family memorial service and interment. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave., Las Vegas.